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DEVOTION TO GOD

Devoted
Controlled
Under Christ
Today I serve You

Growing
Changing
Grateful and kind
My heart devoted to You

Willing
Persistent
I’m Yours
Just tell me what to do

Spending time
On my knees
This world is so hard
Gratitude fills my heart

Doing and being
Balanced in Christ
I live today
Your sacrifice

Passing through
This place of tears
Your love is mine
My life I give

Clay Corvin

GIVING GLORY TO GOD

Love an action
On life’s stage
Freely given
To lives unmade
 

Our example died for us
His life perfect
A guide for all
So we can be like Him
 

Victory comes
In daily acts
It’s all of life
Our life is a fact
 

A wisp, a mist
Our time is short
We are passing thru
He is our friend
 

Everyday we walk His way
The world is dying
We seek to sway
Obedience builds our faith
 

The Spirit of God
Gives us His fruit
The things we do
To be of use
 

On that day
We go to Him
We see the glory
We’ve given to Him


 Clay Corvin 9/4/06

BILLY HANBERRY

A plain spoken man

Faithful to Christ

Willing to sacrifice

Serving the Lord

 

Gifted with strength

Wise in life

A generous heart

And forgiving hand

Success marks his walk

Failure unknown

Even the world

Can’t take what he owns

Three gifted children

A Christ like wife

Serving the Lord

Taking Billy’s advice

His journey is swift

He has done God’s work

Many souls

Rejoice at his worth

Billy is true

Always the same

Jesus on his lips

Christ knows Billy’s name

 

Clay Corvin 7/28/06

A Christ Centered Life

COLOSSIANS 2:6-11—A CHRIST CENTERED LIFE
RECEIVING CHRIST-A GIFT FROM GOD
A JOURNEY OF LIFE/AN EXPERIENCE OF HEAVEN
Every detail of your life comes from a God who loves you!
A. PROVISION from the Father, B. PRIORITY of GRATITUDE, C. PASSIONATE faith

I. ACTIVITY (6,7) “..you must continue to follow HIM”
a. GROW-rooted and built up
b. SURRENDER-follow Him
c. APPLY-His activity in you to the world around you
i. Forgiveness
ii. Fellowship
iii. Relationship
II. ARGUMENT (8)
a. WORLD-every day
b. FLESH-every area
c. DEVIL-victory out of life’s defeat
III. ASSOCIATION (9,10)
a. Christ in you-shapes you
b. Christ completes-enables
c. Christ eternal-VICTORY
IV. APPROPRIATION (11)
a. He forgives
b. He cleanses
c. He gives us a new nature
Clay Corvin

GROW
Grow child
Grab the Lord
Let your heart
Grow deep
Entwined in Him
Down and down
HELD from head to feet
By His eternal strength
Reaching to eternity
From this moment in time
Christ is strong and able
He will not forget
Let Him have your fear

Offer Him your thoughts
Focus all you think
Upon His grace and care
Joyous in His love
Jesus is complete
I will bend my knee
Jesus sets me free

Clay Corvin

HURRICANE KATRINA

I was thinking about retirement. I had served for more than twenty-five years at the Brantley Center Homeless Mission in New Orleans. There were many tough years. Lord look how well I had served. My work had become predictable, rewarding and safe. Tomorrow looked like today. Then Hurricane Katrina hit. It will never be the same.

I was stunned, speechless and confused. The future no longer looked bright and shining. Heaven looked much better than it ever had. I really just wanted to sit on the sideline and let the world pass me by. Deep inside was anger, disappointment and hurt. How could this happen to me. Then gradually, slowly the questions stopped. It is what it is. Life is not mine to contain. Life is mine to serve.

A lemon is slowly but surely becoming a sweet lemonade. Miracles are happening all around me on a daily basis. The hand of God is visible in ways that I had never seen. Jesus makes life precious. My prayer is “Lord make my words gentle, gracious and kind for tomorrow I may have to eat them.”

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Clay Corvin

HOW TO LIVE WELL –Pr 4:20-26

I. READ THE WORD OF GOD
a. Surrender-Work of grace
b. Remember
c. Memorize
d. Health to our flesh
II. CONTROL OUR INNER MAN
a. Don’t hurt others
b. Don’t be hurt or hold grudges
c. Confess sin quickly
d. Turn bad thoughts over to God
III. WATCH WHAT WE SAY
a. Cursing
b. Hard words towards others
c. Gossip
d. Resolve to say good
IV. CAREFUL WHAT WE LOOK AT
a. Restrain our eyes
b. Stop lust for things
c. Avoid sexual situations
V. ACT CONSIDERATELY
a. Consider our ways-what we have done
b. Do the next right thing
VI. MAINTAIN BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE
a. No extremes
b. Time with Jesus
c. Run from sin
d. Surrender pride

ACT I-DEVOTIONS IN THE PLAY OF LIFE

Life is a struggle for each one of us. Those with great gifts and those with few gifts face the same challenge-How do I make what I am doing meaningful and valuable?

I want to feel valuable and at the same time know that the things I am saying and doing have meaning and worth in the marketplace. People live life so quickly. So many things that happen make little sense. I even surprise myself at how cold and uncaring I can be. How can I change this impending sense of uselessness?

I must submit myself to Jesus each day. The submission process becomes a journey of discovery. I cannot think divine thoughts but I can let the Lord express His divine ideas and thoughts in me. The Spirit of God lives in me and will guide me each moment. My submission permits Christ to express Himself in me. Daily devotion begins with me.

Step one is a call for me to recognize the Almighty. The Lord loves me and lives in me. I adore the Lord and seek to know Him more. A moment or an hour is important for me to think about the majesty and power and grace and mercy of a loving Father who gave life to me. Salvation is free but it wasn’t cheap. His grace is complete and I belong to Him. Adoration is an important step one each day in focusing my life in Christ.

Step two is automatic. When I stand before the Lord I will always be convicted of my sin. Sin is self-centeredness. Sin involves doing my life my way. Sin is pervasive and insidious and is the cause of all of the evil in the world. Satan never has to work too hard because I am so willing to sin. Step two is my recognition of sin in me and my asking Jesus to forgive me. I repent of my sin. That means that I agree with the Lord that I have sinned and I purpose not to sin again. Turning away from sin is important because this is the act of surrender that carries me to the next step in my daily devotion to the Lord. Confession of my sin is step two in my daily devotionals.

Step three enables me to regain the lost momentum of the previous day. Thanksgiving helps me to see the activity of the Lord in my life. Everything I have and am comes from the Lord. I am grateful for it. The very air I breathe is a gift. Life itself is a gift. As an ambassador for the Lord Jesus I must be mindful of the mission I am on and the resources the Lord has given me. I can do all things through Christ. He is my strong tower and rock. The Lord calls me to serve not reign. I am His to rule. Thanksgiving is a time for me to count my blessings and rejoice in my time with the Lord. He is here with me.

Step four is the only step most people every use in their daily devotion with the Lord. Intercession is important and will always be a major part of our devotional time with the Lord. Intercession involves my concern for others and me. My needs are important and in truth steps one through three are about meeting my needs. I need the Lord. Step four is when I really lay out before the Lord my concern for others and the activity of life that I am involved in. This is a time for strengthening my friends and acquaintances. I am asking my Lord to help those around me, those in leadership of government and people that I know. The list of intercessory needs is great and is a real call for focus on my part. People need the Lord.
4/24/05

Romans 4:16-25 GOD IS ALL

I. SALVATION
a. Faith given by God
b. Belief from a pure heart
c. Eternal gift
II. SURRENDER
a. Once and for all
b. Every day
c. Hour of our weakness
III. SERVICE
a. Where you are
b. What you have
c. Power comes from Jesus
IV. STRENGTH
a. Jesus only
b. Brings us into a relationship
c. Provides us with righteousness
d. Equips us to choose
e. Guides us in life

HE’S NOT HERE

Mark 16:5-6
So they entered the tomb, and there on the right sat a young man clothed in a white robe. The women were startled, but the angel said, “Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.

The world is in a mess. Everywhere we look is another problem. Wars, famine, genocide, catastrophes, and hate fill the pages of our newspapers and airwaves everyday. It is tragic and it is a problem.

Jesus is alive. Christ equips you and me to be a light to the world and a word of hope. Our Savior is not an absentee landlord, He lives in us. Jesus is alive and He is alive in you and me.

I am called to develop a close relationship with the Living Lord. The result of that daily abiding in Jesus is that I will be equipped to face the entire unknown that I will encounter that day. The Lord is with me and He will lead, guide, encourage, equip and enable me to accomplish what He has planned for my life. Jesus is alive.
Bless you today.
Clay

YOU CAN HAVE JESUS–MARK 3

I. WORLD CONDEMNS JESUS
a. World wants to be God
b. Always seeking to control
c. Separates people
d. Leaves helpless behind
II. JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD
a. He is God
b. He has control-real control
c. Unites people
d. No one left behind
III. YOU CAN CHOOSE JESUS
a. Whosoever includes you
b. Do it now
c. Once and done
IV. OBEDIENCE IS RESULT
a. New heart
b. Time with the Lord
c. New hands and feet

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